We take quality very seriously here at V12 Footwear. This is why we have recently become a member of the BSIF Registered Safety Supplier Scheme.
Read on to find out more about what this means for V12 Footwear products.
What is the BSIF?
The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) is the lead association for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive and is recognised as a Competent Authority by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). It is the major independent voice of the British safety industry, helping to influence legislation and provide the industry with a source of authoritative information on a range of workplace safety issues.
The BSIF is dedicated to eliminating non-compliant and unsafe products from the UK market, and providing a quality assurance scheme for the purchase of genuine PPE that will keep people safe and healthy at work. To help combat this, the BSIF has created the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme. Companies displaying the scheme’s logo have signed a binding declaration that the safety equipment they offer meets the appropriate standards, fully complies with the PPE regulations and is appropriately CE marked.
How do V12 Footwear ensure the quality of their footwear?
V12 design all of our footwear in house from scratch. Our design process is highly collaborative, working with people in our target industries to develop innovative, extremely practical and completely relevant footwear for our customers and wearers. Throughout design development, we work with testing houses, industry experts, clients and quality assurance professionals to continually improve and hone our design – with an overarching focus on safety and quality. Each product can take several years in this stage, and go through numerous prototypes and adjustments before we are completely satisfied.
Following our research and development process, testing is fundamental to ensure that we maintain the highest of standards. We test our prototypes to breaking point by crushing, stretching and pummeling every part of every new design, as well as testing their performance in the environments they will be used in. We consult with a panel of impartial wearers to find out if anything else should be added, and once we have got the green light we go into production using state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to make comfortable, reliable footwear that guarantees wearer satisfaction. The full V12 range has been tested and certified by independent test laboratories to EN ISO 20345:2011. We’re pleased to say that every design exceeds the standard.
In recent months, we have seen a shift towards tighter and more rigorous testing in the safety footwear industry, which is a positive step forward in removing poor performing footwear from the market. At V12, we are passionate about continuous quality assurance even after we release a product, and we test footwear from each and every batch in the factory for continued compliance with EN ISO 20345:2011. We have a programme in place to test our products again when they arrive in our local warehouse.
We are proud to now also be members of the BSIF Registered Safety Supplier Scheme, which provides further independent assurance of our products.
What does the registered safety supplier scheme mean for V12 products?
There is a significant number of non-compliant and poorly performing safety products on the UK market. As a registered Safety Supplier Scheme member, V12 Footwear formally declares and commits to selling only certified PPE that performs to the claims made and carries the CE mark. As additional assurance, our products are independently randomly audited by the BSIF to verify conformance.
Being a registered safety supplier will provide our customers and distributors with peace of mind that they are buying and using products that perform and that will keep them safe in the workplace. Providing quality PPE is a big responsibility. Safety equipment that doesn’t perform properly isn’t just inconvenient, it may actually cost lives.